WordPress: Settings Clarity

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!

This is a quick update post!

For a while now I have been trying to figure out why some posts won’t let you read them in their entirety through the WordPress Reader. This has been an issue for me because my posts can’t be viewed through the WordPress Reader, and I want them to be. If a person using WordPress doesn’t want to be bothered with going to my website just to read my blogs (even if I think my site is pretty cool), I don’t think they should feel obligated to. So I have looked through the settings in the WordPress Admin to rectify this problem, and I found the culprit.

WordPress - Reading Settings

The image above is of an option found in the Reading Settings of the WordPress Admin. Currently, I have this set to Full text (as seen above). However, I previously had it set to Summary. I did this because I had thought if it were set to Full text it would negate the function of the Read More tags I use for my blog. After swapping out the function, I discovered that is not the case.

Instead, the option prevents WordPress users from being able to fully view posts through the Reader. Though, this isn’t the biggest issue I have because the setting can easily be changed. The problem with this setting is that it doesn’t explicitly state that it affects post visibility in the WordPress Reader. Had this been the case, I wouldn’t have set it to Summary in the first place. However, after seeing what my posts look like after switching the setting, I can say I’m not a fan. The WordPress Reader doesn’t take into account any color changes that are implemented through the post editor.

—> For example, the text you are reading between the arrows is white. <—

Additionally, the Summary setting doesn’t actually provide a summary of the post in the WordPress Reader. In fact, it cuts the post off long before the writer might with a Read More tag. So a WordPress user is forced to visit the writers site if they are genuinely interested in the topic. This Summary function may make use of a post’s excerpt (found in the More Options of any post currently being edited), but if that is the case, then why isn’t the setting called Excerpt instead of Summary. There just seems to be something wrong with the use of language here (ironic for a writer driven site).

The point I am making is the settings could use some clarification. You can see from my experience and subsequent examples that a simple lack of explicitness can create confusion. If a setting doesn’t affect the blog, but affects the WordPress Reader, then maybe there should be a new category of settings for those options. All I want is for the site developers to clean up the WordPress Admin a bit, and maybe spruce it up like they have done with every other part of the site. I assume the WordPress Admin will eventually be integrated into the Settings of the shiny and new WordPress Dashboard, but that may still be a ways off (if it is ever to be).

The update that I wanted to make, that was prompted by the above discovery, is that my posts can now finally be read through the WordPress Reader like I wanted. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “WordPress: Settings Clarity

  1. I definitely think there’s pros and cons to both options.
    Having full text on means someone flipping through their reader will not have to load any separate webpages to read your post. Big pro there.
    Cons though, you get a view, but not a visitor (if you’re a stickler for stats, visitors is more important).
    Having summary on means that someone will have to click the full post and can see your entire blog, formatting, colored texts, etc.
    BUT for me at least, if your first three lines that it does show don’t hook me in, I likely won’t click on the full post.
    Just gotta try both and see what works best!

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    • You make a good point about the difference between views and visitors. I had not thought about that. Though, views from the WordPress Reader doesn’t account for very much of my blog’s total view count. So I don’t expect changing the setting will have much impact either way. Hehe.

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